SEPTMBER 4, 2018 - CHICO, CA: The Chico Heat, the defending Great West League champions, announced today that Fred Ludwig will not be returning to the Heat in 2019 as he wants to spend more time with his wife Misty, and his kids, Rylan and Nolan.
Coach Ludwig leaves the Heat after winning the 2018 GWL championship, his second in three seasons. He is the only two time GWL Coach of the Year and is the league’s all-time winningest manager with a 111-59 record.
“What an amazing three seasons coaching and managing the Chico Heat. Two Great West League Championships, gameday memories that will never be forgotten, and bonds that will never be broken. To the Chico Heat ownership, management, host families, boosters, sponsors, the greatest fans in the Great West League, City of Chico, and of course our radio guys, Thank You. Thank you for your all your support. To all the coaches and players, thank you for your dedication to the team and grinding it out together. I will never forget you guys. I look forward to watching many more games and championships from the stand” said Coach Ludwig in a statement.
This past season, the Heat established several new league records including a 43-14 record. The Heat also saw 13 players from the 2018 GWL Champion Chico Heat were selected to either the first or second team All-GWL. 11 players were named to the All-Star team.
"I have the utmost respect for Fred and he has my full support in his decision. I am proud of the job he did for us and the city of Chico should be proud as well. He will be missed tremendously on and off the field" said Heat General Manager Hunter Hampton.
The Heat will begin a nationwide search for a new manager immediately and hope to have an announcement shortly on a new manager.